East Rockhill Adopts New Rules for Signs

At a recent meeting, the Board of Supervisors made significant amendments to its ordinance that regulated how signs -- especially digital or electronic signs --  are displayed in the township.

  • Electronic message signs are allowed on non-residential properties in only the Commercial/Office and Village Commercial zoning districts. The property must be at least two acres, and the sign cannot be larger than 40 square feet or higher than seven feet.  
  • To reduce the possibility of distraction, an electronic message must remain for at least eight seconds before being changed. Content must transition by changing instantly; transition graphics are not allowed.
  • That means signs displaying animations, streaming video, text, or images that flash, pulsate, move, or scroll are prohibited, like speakers and/or any form of pyrotechnics.
  • The use of electronic signs is limited to 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. or until half an hour after the close of business, whichever is later.
  • Electronic signs are not allowed within 250 feet of a permanent off-site residential structure.